Kenya: a passenger bus falls from a bridge, thirty dead

Kenya: Passenger coach falls off bridge, 30 dead

UPDATE DAY

About 30 people died Sunday evening in central Kenya after a passenger coach fell off a bridge, a local administrative official said on Monday. 

The bus plunged about 40 meters into the Nithi River as it crossed a bridge known to be an accident-prone “black spot”, about 50 kilometers from the town of Meru from where it was headed for the port of Mombasa (southeast).

Around 20 people died instantly, four died in hospital and six bodies were pulled from the river on Monday morning, a detailed the County Warden of Tharaka Nithi, Norbert Komora. 

“The search is still ongoing and we are trying to recover the wreckage (…) The investigation is still ongoing to establish the cause of the accident which occurred on the black point of Nithi”, he added.

Photos from local media show the disembowelled carcass of the bus and the seats ejected out of passenger compartment.

The number of road deaths in Kenya has been on the rise for several years.

Between January and June, 1,912 people were killed, compared to 1,754 on the same period last year (+9%), according to the latest figures from the Transport and Highway Safety Authority (NTSA).